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Nursing College appoints 3 associate deans

June 11, 2012

The College of Nursing and Health Innovation has appointed three associate deans effective immediately, announced Teri Pipe, dean of the college.

Brenda Morris, a clinical associate professor, has been appointed associate dean of academic affairs and will be responsible for undergraduate and select graduate and doctoral nursing programs. She served as senior director of baccalaureate nursing programs since 2008 during which time she was team leader of the post-baccalaureate BSN curriculum design and co-leader of the undergraduate curriculum design. Morris joined ASU in 1994 and received the Faculty Leadership Award for the college in 2009 and 2010.

Elizabeth Reifsnider, the Nancy Melvin Professor of Pediatrics, has been appointed associate dean for research. She joined ASU in 2011 from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston where she was the Constance Brewer Kommey Professor of Nursing and associate dean for research. Reifsnider has extensive experience in public health nursing, and has based her research on her practice for public health departments and women’s and children’s health programs. She also serves as co-director for the college’s T-32 Transdisciplinary Training in Health Disparities program funded by the National Institute of Nursing Research.

Evelyn Cesarotti, an associate professor, has been appointed associate dean for operations for the ASU College of Nursing and Health Innovation. In the newly created position, Cesarotti will be responsible for developing and implementing the vision, mission and strategic goals of the college and university in collaboration with the other associate deans; overseeing the program review and accreditation process in conjunction with the associate dean for academic affairs; and overseeing the nurse practitioner-led health clinics and personnel management in the college, including faculty development and promotion. Cesarotti has served in several key positions since joining ASU in 1992, most recently as associate dean for academic affairs. In addition, she has been instrumental in the formation, leadership and accreditation of the Doctor of Nursing Practice program that launched in 2008.

“I am confident that these three exceptional nursing leaders will help us to continue to our record of excellence in innovative nursing education, research and practice well into the future,” Pipe said.

About the ASU College of Nursing and Health Innovation
Founded in 1957, the College of Nursing and Health Innovation at Arizona State University has nearly 1,400 students and more than 9,400 alumni. It is ranked 21st out of 467 ( top four percent) of graduate nursing programs in the nation, according to the 2012 U.S. News & World Report Rankings of Best Graduate Schools Programs. The College offers the only dedicated interdisciplinary Master of Healthcare Innovation degree program in the United States.

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